Faith in Action Program Director Ruth Hebbe Earns United Way Dedication to Service Award in 2020
WAUSAU – Faith in Action of Marathon County (FIAMC) Program Director Ruth Hebbe was recognized by United Way on February 12, 2021, for her dedication to service in 2020.
“Ruth is a tireless advocate for our area senior residents, and 2020 was no exception,” said FIAMC Board President Eric Steinbach. “Facing an unprecedented year of challenges and restrictions due to COVID-19, Ruth’s eagerness to serve others showed resiliency, a spark for innovation, and a strong passion to continue providing services to those in need in Marathon County.”
United Way presents the Dedication to Service award to a program or executive director at a non-profit for demonstrating outstanding achievement and service to our community. Only one individual receives this award annually.
United Way of Marathon County extends their congratulations to Ruth and said, “This past year, more than ever, Ruth has worked to help bring agencies dedicated to serving seniors, together. She has a cooperative spirit and sees strength in partnerships.”
FIAMC provides area seniors with services such as wellness checks, grocery delivery, transportation for medical appointments, and friendships at no cost.
“I am truly humbled to receive this award,” concluded Hebbe. “All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our volunteers, donors, board members, partnering organizations, and beyond.”
View the full award recognition video of Ruth Hebbe presented by United Way here.
For more information on Faith in Action’s mission, services, and how to get involved, visit faithinactionmarathoncounty.org
From the Director’s Desk:
Phew… think it is safe to say, “spring has sprung”! How beautiful to experience the return of the Robins and their pleasant “Love Song of Spring”. I enjoy watching the changes of nature; as it peels away the heavy garments of winter with the entrance of refreshing, tiny buds that will soon burst forth to reveal lush new growth.
One cannot mistake how exciting the new advancement and changes that have been popping up at Faith in Action. We have been blessed with wonderful moments of meeting and training those of you who are willing and able to learn our new computer scheduling program called, “Ride Scheduler”. It was developed with senior volunteers in mind and is very easy and user-friendly. The volunteers who have begun to use the program have been amazed of how much more convenient it is. They can stay on-top-of their schedule and enjoy the independence the 24/7 cloud-based program allows. No more phone tag and messages – just instant access.
There are many senior neighbors who cannot drive to medical appointments or grocery shopping. Some are living under the poverty line and cannot afford basic food. Thankfully, you, our FIA volunteers are delivering those provisions through donations from The Neighbor’s Place. Other seniors are in need of prevention measures to help protect them from serious falls. To reach more Marathon County seniors, FIA needs to expand our provisional area to accommodate a growing number of requests for our services. Please seek out other persons you know who would be good at volunteering.
Together, we will accomplish great and mighty new horizons. May we s-t-r-e-t-c-h our reach for the seemingly impossible and be pleasantly surprised how our mutual cooperative effort can burst forth into new growth!
All of our volunteers serve an integral part of the compassionate integrity needed for providing services to our our seniors in this community.
These distinctive, NO CHARGE, but desperately needed services
which are provided strictly through Faith in Action,
continue to be unprecedented!
“Connecting neighbors in need with people who care!”
I look forward to meeting with each of you as we spring ahead together,
With Warm Regards,
Faith in Action of Marathon County
630 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
direct ph#: 715.848.8783
April 2, 2018
WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)– A free service for elderly residents of Marathon County is looking for volunteers.
Faith in Action seeks people who have a genuine concern for older adults. “I call our volunteers “The Heartbeat of Faith in Action.” We cannot function without our faithful, caring volunteers,” explained Hebbe.
Faith in Action of Marathon County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services, at no charge, to Marathon County residents age 60 and over, regardless of income, religious belief, or ethnic background.
To talk about the different programs they offer and well as a need for volunteers Ruth Hebbe, Program Director of Faith in Action joined the Sunrise 7 team.
Services are provided by trained volunteers to assist seniors to improve their quality of life and remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible.
- Services Faith in Action provides include:
- Transportation to Medical Appointments
- Transportation for Grocery Shopping
- Food Delivery from The Neighbor’s Place = 2-bags/bi-weekly deliveries
- Senior Home Safety Program = installation of falls prevention apparatus (display Grab Bars, Hand Rails, and Toilet Rails)
Faith in Action relies on the generous financial support from individuals, businesses, congregations and our foundations: Aspirus Health Foundation, B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and United Way.